With antibiotic-resistant bacteria becoming a bigger problem every day, along with the possible side effects of many medications, I want to use natural remedies as much as possible. Tea Tree oil has been used successfully for centuries and belongs in every modern-day medicine cabinet.
It has antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that make it extremely useful. Tea tree oil, or TTO for short, comes from the Melaleuca alternifolia tree which grows in Australia. You can use the essential oil from this tree just like the ancient Aboriginal people have for thousands of years.
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1. Relieve Dry Scalp and Eliminate Dandruff
Get relief from dandruff or dry, itchy scalp, eczema or psoriasis with a cider vinegar/TTO rinse. Mix 5 drops of tea tree oil into 1 cup of cider vinegar. Keep the mixture in a small bottle. Add 1 tablespoon of the mixture to 1 cup of warm water and rinse your scalp and hair with it after shampooing. Controlled clinical research has proven its efficacy.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “For dandruff, 5% tea tree oil shampoo has been applied to the scalp for three minutes daily, prior to a rinse, for four weeks.”
2. Improve Hair Health
Improve your hair health and hair thickness with a tea tree oil treatment. Add 3 to 5 drops of TTO to 1 to 2 tablespoons (depending on how long your hair is) of olive oil. Apply the oil mixture to your hair, leave it there for 30 minutes then wash your hair. When you do this daily for 3 to 4 weeks, there will be a noticeable difference. After the first month, do the treatment 3 times a week.
3. Treat Acne
Use tea tree oil in honey to help clear up acne and brighten your skin. Mix 2 to 4 drops into a teaspoon of honey. Make sure you are using real honey. Apply the mixture to your face, leave it on for 5 minutes then rinse it off with warm water.
4. Sooth Allergic dermatitis
The Mayo Clinic recommends using tea tree oil for skin allergies, too. They say, “For allergic skin reactions, 25-120 microliters of 20-100% tea tree oil has been applied to the affected areas of the skin.” Be cautious, though, as TTO does occasionally cause an allergic reaction. You should test it on a small patch of skin to make sure you aren’t allergic to it before you use it.
**Do not use tea tree oil if you are pregnant or use it on babies or small children**
5. Get Relief from Shingles Pain
Use a mixture of tea tree oil, peppermint oil and helichrysum oil to relieve pain, improve immunity and reduce the possibility of secondary infection if you are suffering from shingles. Dr. Josh Axe (Bonus Remedies at the bottom of the page) suggests that you, “Take 2 drops of each essential oil, mix the oils with 1/4 tsp of coconut oil and rub it on area of shingles pain.” A few drops of lavender essential oil can be added, too. It smells wonderful and brings its own nerve-pain relieving properties to the mixture.
6. Relieve Chicken Pox Skin Irritations
Skin irritation from chicken pox can be relieved with the same essential oil mixture recommended by Dr. Josh Axe for shingles. You can also mix a few drops of just tea tree oil with honey, shea butter or coconut oil and dab that on the sores.
8. Treat Athlete’s Foot
TTO is great for the relief of athlete’s foot. WebMD says, “A stronger tea tree oil solution (25% or 50%) is needed for that. Application of 25% or 50% tea tree oil solution appears to both relieve symptoms and clear up the infection in about half of people who try it for 4 weeks.”
9. Treat Ringworm
Tea tree oil is one of the best essential oils for the treatment of ringworm infections. Put a few drops into an aromatherapy oil diffuser to kill airborne fungal spores. Put 3 or 4 drops of TTO into Jojoba shampoo for scalp ringworm. Apply it full strength to the red, raised areas on your body with a cotton swab.
10. Treat Thrush
Oral thrush (oropharyngeal candidiasis) is a yeast infection. It appears as small white lesions in your mouth. Mix 2 to 3 drops of tea tree oil, lavender oil and chamomile oil in a cup of tepid water for a soothing, yeast-eradicating mouthwash. You can add peppermint oil, too, for fresh breath. Swish and spit 4 times a day for 2 to 4 weeks.
** Do Not Swallow – tea tree oil should never be ingested! **
11. Treat Vaginal Infections
Vaginal candidiasis, trichomoniasis and bacterial vaginosis can be controlled with TTO. The Mayo Clinic says, “For vaginal infections, a 20% solution of tea tree oil has been applied by using a tea tree soaked tampon for 24 hours. A dose of 200 milligrams of tea tree oil vaginal pessaries in a vegetable oil base has been used daily for five days.”
12. Get Relief from Genital Herpes
You can use a 6% tea tree oil gel for relief of genital herpes. Apply it 5 times a day until the flair-up subsides.
13. Treat Oral Herpes/Cold Sores
You can apply pure tea tree oil directly on the cold sore with a cotton swab 2 to 3 times a day. The anti-viral properties of TTO start fighting the virus and healing the cold sore immediately. For best results, begin application as soon as you notice the cold sore coming on.
14. Fight MRSA
Tea tree oil has been proven to be effective against M